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      NEWS

      Edited by Fuad Tokad

      * Officials inaugurated the first section of a 1,760-kilometer, $3.2
      billion, U.S.-backed pipeline on Wednesday that will bring landlocked
      Caspian Sea oil to Western markets, a project seen as an economic and
      political boon for the troubled Caucasus region, reports the Turkish
      private channel NTV. The presidents of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia
      and Turkey were on hand for the ceremony at the Sangachal oil
      terminal, about 40 kilometers south of Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, to
      open the taps for the first drops of oil to enter the
      Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline.
      The pipeline from Baku to the Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan
      is seen as a significant move toward reducing the West's dependence on
      Middle Eastern oil. Most Caspian oil exports previously moved through
      Russian pipelines, often adding to the congestion in the Bosporus
      strait.
      The pipeline opens a new era in the Caspian Basin's development,.
      President George W. Bush said in a letter read by Energy Secretary
      Samuel Bodman. Mr. Bush, whose administration is seeking to diversify
      energy sources, called it a "monumental achievement".
      On the other hand, Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer said on
      Wednesday that another important project was the construction of an
      uninterrupted railway between the East and the West, which was
      Kars-Tbilisi-Baku railway project.
      "This railway will not only connect Turkey with South Caucasus and
      Central Asia but also revive the historical Silk Road in the 21st
      century," said Sezer.
      Sezer also stressed, "Turkey is ready to contribute to every
      project which aims to assure common prosperity of regional nations
      thanks to its location connecting the Caspian with the Mediterranean
      and Black Sea with the Middle East."

      * Linking Turkey's European Union membership bid to a referendum in
      France on the European Union constitution this weekend is a "very ugly
      and wrong" policy, Anatolia news agency quoted Turkish Prime Minister
      Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying Friday.
      "We see here a situation where Turkey is used in (domestic)
      politics. The vote is not about Turkey," Erdogan told Turkish
      journalists during a visit to Kazakhstan, Turkey's Anatolian News
      Agency reported.
      Erdogan declined to comment on the widely predicted "no" that French
      voters are expected to give to the European Union constitution in the
      critical referendum Sunday.
      Turkey`s hopes of joining the European Union have been clouded by
      uncertainty over the European Union constitution, which is designed to
      prevent decision-making gridlock in the expanding bloc.
      The French "no" campaigners count in part at least on public
      opposition to Turkey`s entry into a bloc in which French influence is
      increasingly waning.
      In theory, an European Union decision last year to start accession
      talks with Turkey on October 3 is irreversible since all European
      Union states have signed up to it.

      * Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday pledged to
      step up efforts to persuade Germany's conservative opposition to drop
      their objections to the mainly Muslim Turkey joining the European
      Union.
      Apart from Mr. Berlusconi, Turkey's European Union bid has drawn
      strong backing from German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, but many
      Turks worry that possible early general elections in Germany later
      this year could bring to power the conservative Christian Democratic
      Union, an opponent of Ankara's membership.
      "In my speeches, I have always underlined one point: countries
      should disregard their own specific interests and act in line with the
      common interest of Europe as a whole," Berlusconi said through a
      translator.
      Mr. Berlusconi was in Istanbul to watch the Champions League final
      Wednesday between Italy's AC Milan, of which he is the honorary
      president, and Liverpool of England.

      * Mr. Mehmet Ali Talat, the President of the Turkish Republic of
      Northern Cyprus said on Sunday that the United States should have a
      leading role in lifting the blockade on the Turkish Republic of
      Northern Cyprus.
      Mr. Talat said in his article published in The Washington Times that
      Greek Cypriots were again the side that had acquired many benefits
      although Turkish Cypriots accepted 'Annan plan' but the Greek Cypriots
      rejected it in the referendum held on the island last year.
      "The Greek Cypriot side hindered the efforts carried out by the
      European Union to lift or at least lessen the blockade on Turkish
      Cypriots. Although European Union leaders didn't approve the attitude
      of the Greek Cypriot side, no solution was found yet to overcome the
      legal and political impediments brought by the 'club-member Cyprus',"
      said Talat.
      "I believe that the United States which takes steps to lessen the
      inhuman restrictions on Turkish Cypriots, will also lead the efforts
      to end the isolation of Turkish Cypriots... I ask the international
      society to listen to our call for justice," said Talat.

      * A ban on flights by Turkish low-cost airline Onur Air to France,
      Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland was lifted on Tuesday, after
      the airline promised to meet their safety concerns on its flights,
      civil aviation authority officials said.
      Onur Air welcomed the announcement in Ankara and said it would
      regain its former market share within 10 days.
      The Netherlands had imposed an initial ban on Onur Air on May 12,
      citing "serious safety deficiencies", and prompting France, Germany
      and Switzerland to follow suit and declare their territories
      off-limits as well. However, aviation officials in Denmark and Belgium
      said that there is nothing wrong with the airline.
      According to the Turkish airline, the bans have affected nearly
      40,000 passengers.
      Last year Onur Air, which employs 900 employees and operates 26
      aircraft, reported sales of 450 million dollars.

      * Headquartered in Antalya, the Santa Claus Foundation has filed a
      legal complaint at the Istanbul Prosecutor's Office against the Fener
      Greek Orthodox Church for holding a summit with the Patriarch of
      Jerusalem Irineos.
      Santa Claus Foundation Chairman Muammer Karabulut indicated that the
      Fener Greek Patriarchate established a religious court to try the
      Patriarch of Jerusalem without paying attention to Turkish laws.
      "Our lawyer Suleyman Cetin has filed a complaint at the Istanbul
      Prosecutor's Office via the Ankara Prosecutor's Office. Bartholomew
      and his representatives have acted against Turkish laws," said Mr.
      Karabulut.
      In his complaint application, Suleyman Cetin said that a summit or
      court that the Fener Greek Orthodox Church would hold can only take
      place in a religious republic.

      ARTS AND CULTURE

      Edited by Hayal Koc

      * The 3rd Annual Gallipoli photography festival will be held this
      weekend, May 27-29th. The festival will include numerous galleries and
      shows, as well as a panel for questions and comments.
      This year's theme is "Breath of Youth", and the photos included are
      mainly from young photographers. For more details, please visit
      http://www.fotofestival.org

      * Speaking of Gallipoli, Producer Tolga Ornek hopes that his new
      documentary, "Gallipoli", will enlighten the world on the Gallipoli
      battles, as well as Mr. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's role in modern-day
      Turkey's formation.
      The documentary will first be screened on May 26th in Holland,
      Denmark, France, Germany and Austria, and then continue on to
      Australia and England by the end of the summer.
      "Gallipoli" re-enacts the historical events leading up to the
      Gallipoli battles and conveys the Turkish generosity and kindness
      towards the foreign soldiers on their land at the time. Mr. Ornek
      hopes his documentary will spark interest in Turkey's past and bring
      awareness and understanding to Turkish culture.

      * The 5th International Diyarbakir Arts & Culture Festival will take
      place May 28th-June 4th.
      This year's theme is "Sounds and Colors Towards Peace". Over 500
      artists will attend the festival and there will be a total of 47
      shows, focused mainly on eclectic, original music and artwork.
      The Virgin Mary Church located in Diyarbakir will also be hosting a
      special display for visitors for the occasion.
      The majority of the shows will take place in the outdoor ancient
      amphitheater in Sumer Park. The final concert will include popular
      Turkish musicians Zerrin Özer and Fuat Saka.
      Diyarbakir is the largest city in Turkey's southeast.

      * The popular tourist site on Turkey's Aegean coast, Ephesus, will now
      be even more attractive to tourists as evening lighting will be placed
      throughout the Ancient ruins.
      This way, tourists who prefer not to tour the sites in the summer
      heat can take the tours in the evening as well.
      The lighting project will be completed by August of this year.

      * The head of the French Anatolia Research Institute, Prof. Dr. Pierre
      Chuvin recently announced at a seminar that he believes that the
      Trojan War did not begin due to Paris' love affair, but in fact due to
      the richness and attractiveness of the region.
      His controversial new theory also states that the entire city was
      built underground in order to take advantage of the rich soil and
      natural resources, and that the previously determined dates of the war
      may be incorrect as well.
      Dr. Chuvin and his team will continue their research in order to
      elaborate on their theory.
      The ten year long war of Troy, which pitted the Trojans against the
      invading Greeks, was immortalised in the epic poem the Illiad by the
      Greek poet Homer. Interest in the campaign and the ancient city has
      recently been revitalised through the Hollywood blockbuster Troy,
      staring Brad Pitt and Eric Bana.
      The remains of the ancient city of Troy is located in Northwestern Turkey.
      See <http://www.britannica.com/seo/t/troas/>

      * The building of the Mosaic Museum of Gaziantep in South Eastern
      Turkey has been completed and will open to the public with an
      inauguration ceremony including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on
      June 22nd.
      The largest museum of its kind in the world, the museum will display
      Turkey's rich mosaic history and tradition, as well as beautiful wall
      murals and mausoleums.
      Among the mosaics will be those unearthed at the ruins of the nearby
      ancient city of Zeugma.
      The ancient city is partially flooded by the waters of a recently built dam.
      Archeologists conducted emergency excavations before the flooding
      and recovered many pieces of exquisite mosaic.
      Uncovered in the excavations were 65 base mosaics depicting
      mythological stories, and 1200 square feet of murals.
      Many of the characters portrayed in the mosaics are deities and
      mythological characters like Achilles, Zeus, Dionysus, Venus,
      Poseidon, Oceanus, Ariadne, and Perseus.

      SPORTS

      Edited by Mark Nowak

      *Turkish Soccer

      * FENERBAHCE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!

      Week 33 Results

      Besiktas 3 - 2 Kayserispor
      Diyarbakirspor 1 - 1 Rizespor
      Ankaragucu 1 - 1 Konyaspor
      Gaziantepspor 4 - 3 Malatyaspor
      Ankaraspor 3 - 2 Istanbulspor
      Sakaryaspor 4 - 2 Sebatspor
      Fenerbahçe 1 - 0 Galatasaray
      Trabzonspor 3 - 0 Samsunspor
      Denizlispor 1 - 1 Gençlerbirligi

      Week 34 Matches

      Konyaspor - Fenerbahçe 4 - 2
      Rizespor - Ankaragucu 1 - 2
      Malatyaspor - Sakaryaspor 4 - 2
      Gençlerbirligi - Gaziantepspor 2 - 1
      Samsunspor - Diyarbakirspor 0 - 1
      Kayserispor - Ankaraspor 0 - 0
      Sebatspor - Besiktas 2 - 2

      Standings

      Team Points
      1. Fenerbahçe 80
      2. Trabzonspor 74
      3. Galatasaray 73
      4. Besiktas 69
      5. Gençlerbirligi 51
      6. Denizlispor 49
      7. Ankaraspor 48
      8. Konyaspor 45
      9. Gaziantepspor 44
      10. Rizespor 43
      11. Malatyaspor 43
      12. Samsunspor 38
      13. Ankaragucu 38
      14. Diyarbakirspor 34
      15. Kayserispor 34
      16. Sakaryaspor 32
      17. Istanbulspor 27
      18. Sebatspor 19

      * European Champion's League Final (in Istanbul)

      Liverpool 3 - 3 AC Milan (Liverpool 3-2 win on penalties)
      54' Gerrard 1' Maldini
      56' Smicer 39', 44' Crespo
      60' Xabi Alonso

      * Turkish Basketball - Playoffs

      Semi-finals

      Efes 3 - 1 Fenerbahce
      Besiktas 3 - 1 Ulker

      Finals

      Efes 1 - 0 Besiktas


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